On August 6th, 2015, with the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York City Department of Health Commissioner, Mary Bassett, MD, issued a city-wide order for all cooling tower owners/operators to clean and disinfect their cooling towers within 14 days. Some of our clients have criticized that the ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER seems confusing or comes across as vague in some areas; others just do not know where to start in order to comply with the Commissioner’s proclamation. Clarity Water Technologies is one of the best water treatment companies and Environmental Consultants in NYC. To help interpret the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) order, we have put together a comprehensive guide designed to help keep cooling towers owners in compliance with the City’s mandate.
The ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER regarding cooling tower disinfection can be downloaded here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/cd/citywide-blanket-order.pdf
The Commissioner’s edict is in response to one of the largest Legionnaire’s Disease outbreaks in New York City’s history, which has taken the lives of a dozen people and sickened more than 115.
If you own or operate a cooling tower, it is your responsibility to treat and maintain it so that it does not cause a public safety issue. The ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER is intended to make sure that New York City streets are free of harmful water mist from potentially infected cooling towers. Mayor de Blasio has made it clear that failure to comply with the Department of Health’s order will result in a misdemeanor criminal offense.
There has been much tension and confusion amongst building owners in the wake of the Commissioner’s Order, especially on the topics of:
- What to do next?
- Who to call to disinfect my cooling tower?
- Who qualifies as an Environmental Consultant?
- What is the industry accepted criteria for disinfecting a cooling tower?
- What is the ongoing procedure for controlling legionella in a cooling tower?
- What is a New York State DEC Commercial Pest Applicator's License and why is it important?
With the intention of helping our customers and prospects navigate the Commissioner’s Order, we have developed a comprehensive guide to help make sense of the steps that cooling tower owners need to take to comply with it.
The Order of the Commissioner to disinfect all cooling towers in NYC is the City's reponse to a horrible situation. If you need guidance, please download our free step-by-step guide at the link below. If you need direct assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
WHAT IS LEGIONNAIRE'S DISEASE?
Legionnaires’ disease is a form of pneumonia that’s caused by breathing in mist contaminated with the Legionella bacteria. This mist is generally associated with warm water from cooling towers, shower heads, and decorative fountains. It cannot be spread through person-to-person contact.
The disease is easily diagnosed and can be treated with antibiotics but poses a serious risk to anyone with an underlying medical condition.
Early symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Fever that may be 104 degrees F (40 C) or higher.
Symptoms appear two to 10 days after exposure to Legionella bacteria.
By the second or third day, other signs and symptoms may include:
- Potentially severe cough, which may bring up mucus and/or blood
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Confusion or other mental changes
If you suspect have these symptoms, and suspect that you may have been exposed to legionella bacteria, please follow the Department of Health’s advice and seek medical attention immediately. Legionnaire’s Disease can be effectively treated with antibiotic.
Download your FREE guide to help you comply with New York City's DOH Commissioner Mary Bassett's Order to Disinfect Your Cooling Tower within 14 days! This comprehensive guide shows you how to choose an Environmental Consultant in NYC that is capable of cleaning and disinfecting your cooling tower. Failure to do so under the Commissioner's Order is punishable by law. The offense is a misdemeanor crime in NYC.
This free checklist is great for any property owner, chief engineer, property manager or facilities maintenance professional that is in charge of operating and maintaining a cooling tower in New York City. Clarity Water Technologies is New York's top Environmental Consultant specializing in cooling tower disinfection, industrial water treatment chemicals, and Legionella prevention.
ABOUT CLARITY WATER TECHNOLOGIES
Clarity Water Technologies is known throughout the east coast as an innovative industrial/commercial water treatment company and the innovators of 360 Degree Legionella Management Service. To put it simply: As New York City's Top Environmental Consultants, we make commercial HVAC and industrial process machinery last longer and run more efficiently, with less fuel and less downtime, by chemically treating the water that runs through it. Typical systems that we treat include steam boilers, chillers and cooling towers; however, we also offer advanced wastewater, glycol services, odor control and fuel treatment services. We are one of Northeast’s most trusted Legionella remediation companies and are widely accepted as one of the best consulting firms to establish best practices for the implementation of ASHRAE Standard 188 - Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems.
As Environmental Consultants specializing in water treatment, we know that chemistry is only part of what makes a cooling tower system operate at peak performance. The other part of the equation is proper physical cleaning and maintenance. Today, Clarity offers one of the most reliable and effective cooling tower disinfection services available throughout NY, NJ, CT, DE and PA. Clarity is a NADCA Certified HVAC Cleaning Service Company. Our team also offers on-line cleanings, chlorine dioxide disinfection, Legionella remediation and the installation of the EcoSAFE Solid Feed System—one of the most advanced water treatment systems for Cooling Towers in the world! Please contact us today for a free estimate on your next project.
New York City Water Treatment Expert and Environmental Consultant, Greg Frazier has a vast knowledge of Industrial Water Treatment and is currently the Managing Partner of Clarity Water Technologies, one of the best Environmental Consulting firms in New York. Mr. Frazier has over 19 years of Industrial Water Treatment experience and holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee. Clarity Water Technologies specializes in comprehensive water treatment services. Clarity's service goes far beyond administering Cooling Tower Water Treatment chemicals - it also includes Cooling Tower Maintenance and HVAC Cleaning Services.